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Wisconsin Bike Bigwigs Meeting with Scott Walker

Via Facebook from Wheel and Sprocket’s Chris Kegel: He, Trek’s John Burke and Wisconsin Bike Fed’s Kevin Hardman are meeting with Governor-elect Scott Walker today. Their goal get? Get Walker’s support to help make Wisconsin more Bike Friendly. As a $1.5 billion part of the states economy Walker OUGHT to be friendly towards biking and cyclists!

Economic impact study – http://www.bfw.org/education/index.php?category_id=4746

Santa Cycle Rampage 2010 in MIlwaukee

santa cycle rampage

The time is near for the 2010 edition of the Santa Cycle Rampage bike ride. The guys from Schlick Cycles will again be attending. We will meet at Cafe Hollander at 10am dressed like Santa! There will be free coffee, route information and Fat Tire Beer! Bike Fed members and newbies get drink specials throughout the day. (Make sure you bring your Bike Fed membership card).

There are a few pre-ride meeting points if you’d like to join other Santas for the ride to Hollander. The roll-in rides depart the following locations  at 9:30am.

  • Riverwest: Fuel Cafe
  • Tosa Village: Cafe Hollander
  • Bay View: Anodyne Coffee Company

Stops on the list this year include:

  • Cafe Hollander on Downer
  • Lakefront Brewery
  • Rehorst Distillery
  • Kochanski’s Convertina Bar
  • Cafe Centraal
  • Mystery stops!

Here is a link to a PDF of the flyer.

Simplified Bikes Website

simplified 650b mountain bikeI’ve been working on a new version of the website for Simplified Bikes. Simplified makes singlespeed mountain bikes and singlespeed urban transportation. The bikes are built in the Midwest, in Iowa, and then powder coated and assembled in Milwaukee.

Simplified Bikes is one of my bike-oriented projects along with Schlick Cycles and the Shark Cruiser.

Heading Home From Interbike

Another year, another Interbike in the books. It was a long one this year. Sorry, family, it was how the flight worked out. Last one in Vegas for a while. Interbike will be moving to Anaheim next year as well as being in mid August instead of late September. Fine by me! Vegas is getting old and, as manufacturers, the timing is better plus I can take my family! For retailers, especially Midwest retailers in our own backyard, I think it will be tough to go in the middle of the selling season. Hope it works out for them!

I met The Captain, Spinner, Drew and Sean on Sunday so we could hit the Outdoor Demo days early Monday and ride a bunch of cool bikes. Lots of nice stuff out there. A few things struck me about the MTBs:

  • Carbon has come a long way since I last rode a plastic bike. The ride on the Marin and Breezer I rode was well damped and the bikes are stiff where you need them to be. Cost is still a barrier though. The high-end spec Breezer is $5,600 or so! Yikes. I think I’ll stick with steel and more realistic components. Crash worthiness is a consideration too. There is not much material in a 2.5 lb frame and a good whack can destroy the integrity of carbon.
  • If I lived near Bootleg Canyon outside Las Vegas I’d have to have a Full Sus rig! No doubt about it, having tons of plush travel on both ends is great at 30-40 mph down the side of the mountain. Back home in Wisconsin I don’t need it, which is good because I don’t need ANOTHER bike. Oh, wait, see below.
  • Rode a Pugsley again this year. Spent more time on it this year and there is a complete bike version available! I got one coming! Let me know if you are interested in one. Winter is coming and I can hook you up! Note that you can also go down the side of a mountain just fine on the Pug. I know, I did it!

The coolest product I rode that is more targeted to our Schlick Cycles commuter/transportation focused bikes was the redesigned Nuvinci Continuously Variable hub. No gear steps! When we last rode this thing it was 9-pounds! Nine! Say it with me, NINE! The new version is much more in line with the currently available Nexus and Alfine hubs and seems lighter than the SRAM i-Motion 9. I guess that is what shaving 3 pound off will do. The are also bomb proof, very smooth and have a wider ratio than previously.

Surly has a nice trailer too. Gonna have to look hard at one because I can think of a lot of uses for one and the ability to unhook when you don’t need it is a real plus over a cargo-specific bike. Tracks behind the bike incredibly well, even with The Captain on board.

Saw a lot of cool, commuter/urban oriented clothing. Good to see that you don’t have to look like a rolling billboard to enjoy the benefits of technical fabrics and comfort. you can do it and still look stylish.

I’ll have more thoughts after I digest more of what I saw. See ya!

Over 300 Photos from the WORS Alterra MTB Race!

Got the photos posted from the WORS Alterra 2010 Sport class during the Alterra Mountain Bike Race at Crystal Ridge in Franklin, WI. Got some good shots, if you are a Wisconsin mountain bike racer and attended this event chances are pretty good I got a shot of you! Over 300 photos.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gasmith/sets/72157624757176047/

Photos from the WORS MTB Race at Crystal Ridge

Here is the link to photos from the WORS Alterra 2010 Comp and Elite classes during the Alterra Mountain Bike Race at Crystal Ridge in Franklin, WI on August 29th, 2010.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gasmith/sets/72157624881494054/

Coupon for Road ID

I ordered a Road ID for Syd and got another “friend code”. Use it if you need to. I think the Road ID is a great idea and should be part of any bicycle riders “kit”.

Coupon Number: ThanksGreg828217

This coupon is good for $1 off any Road ID order. It can be used up to 20 times in the next 30 days.

Blue Angles Practice

Blue Angles practiced at the Lakefront just now. Awesome! Had the Smitty there and watched from the top of the Bradford Beach Bathhouse.

Pix from the 2010 Decorah Time Trials

Decorah Time Trials 2010

Here is are pictures from the 2010 Decorah Time Trials. It is a super event! This year there was about 3,200 feet of climbing in 10 miles and a lot of great singletrack to bomb.

The G-Man on Be a Green Commuter

They must have liked the photo of The G-Man on our Xtracycle since they used it in their Junk in the Trunk article. He sure does look cute on that bike!

I do wish they would have followed the Copyright rules from the Creative Commons license though.

The G-Man on the Xtracycle

WORS Sheboygan Wigwam MTB Race Comp/Elite 2009

Man, sometimes if my head were not attached to my shoulders I am sure I’d misplace it. Here is a link to the photos I took at the 2009 WORS Sheboygan Wigwam MTB Race for the Comp/Elite class. It was a cool race. I like the hand off or $5 bills at the top of the steep little climb!

WORS Sheboygan Mountain Bike Race Comp/Elite 2009

Everyday Cycles Website

I have been working on the website for Everyday Cycles. Everyday Cycles is a custom bike shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin specializing in bicycles for riders who use their bikes for transportation, commuting and, in general, enjoying the pleasure of riding. Everyday Cycles is also a dealer for the Schlick Cycles line of bikes as well as Simplified and Xtracycle. We are still gathering content for the site so keep an eye on it as we build!

Of course we are building the site using WordPress and will be using a couple of plug-ins to add functionality where we need it.